We Might See Some Rain

by @mikeb

Liner Notes

First piano song I've written since FAWM. Watching the plights of people everywhere with climate change issues, this song bloomed when a friend from the Phoenix area on a virtual open mic said 'We might see some rain' when asked about the weather there. No idea how it ended up being 5:41 long!
Had to shake myself out of "FAWM mode" for this one - I was ready to post a version of it on Friday, but the acoustic guitar rhythm was off, the vocal wasn't quote right. So worked on it some more, rerecorded the acoustic part on a different guitar, added drums. Love the crunchy sound on the lead guitar!

#climatechange
#rain
#piano

Lyrics

We Might See Some Rain ©2022 Michael J Birch

Unrelenting sun, crops have all dried up
Without a drop of water, everything has turned to dust
Don’t know what we’re gonna do, this year or next
Always worked hard, tried to do our best

Seems like we might see some rain
Heard it all time and again
What good will it do, nothing remains
Won’t matter now if we might see some rain

Neighbors sold their herd, abandoned their farm
When the bank told them they’d foreclose, they just lost heart
Everywhere I look around here, it’s more of the same
Desolation, desperation, only the weather to blame

Seems like we might see some rain
Heard it all time and again
What good will it do, nothing remains
Won’t matter now if we might see some rain

The experts say it’s a global trend
My congressman says ‘no, it will soon end’
When I look up at another cloudless sky
I silently ask my God ‘Why?’
Is this punishment for something we can’t comprehend?

Seems like we might see some rain
Heard it all time and again
What good will it do, nothing remains
Won’t matter now if we might see some rain



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This is wonderful! Very timely lyrics (they'll always be timely--unfortunately), and a great production music- and vocal-wise. Great job!

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This has a real Barclay James Harvest feel for me (and that's high praise in my book). I also love that guitar solo sound. This would have been a massive hit in the early 70s - when music mattered and manufactured pop was treated with the distain it deserved rather than elevated to omnipresent status.... and where drums and bass knew their place (on the bottom of the mix, not the top).
RANT OVER... I feel better now... 😉

Ooh, despite its "downer" lyrics, this lovely piece reminds me there is still a place for melodic rock in our lives! Look forward to exploring what else you'll bring to the table this 50/90.

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@panch

This has got a real Neil Young feel to me, probably from the CSNY era. The vocals are outstanding and I love that guitar sound. The whole thing hangs together so well and the production is top notch. A pro-standard song.
We've got drought warnings here as well, it's as dry as a bone.

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aside from a few contemporary references. this would fit right into that project of musicating some of woody guthries unsung lyrics. so many similarites between today and the dust bowl days. and yes, that lead guitar is sure tasty.